n South African Journal of Child Health - 'Baby graveyard' : editorial

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



Newspaper journalists choose headlines that will grab as many people's attention as possible - not surprising, of course; this translates to revenue. But a picture of multiple little white crosses, allegedly indicating a mass grave for 43 neonates, near an East London hospital (Sunday , 15 July 2007) should disturb us. Especially if the report suggests that it's not a once-off : 'batches of up to 45 babies ... buried every month'. The article reports that Deputy Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge 'is outraged by the problems at Frere Hospital', which include 'acute staff shortages ... '. There are even claims that 'very small babies ... [are] sometimes regarded as still born'.

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